Answering a question posed to her at tonight’s book reading at Carnegie Hall in New York, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said she “always thought Dumbledore was gay” and that he originally fell in love with the wizard Grindelwald.
Upon hearing her response, a hush fell over the audience in attendance and then applause exploded. Rowling remarked that if she had known that would be the response, she would’ve revealed her thoughts on Dumbledore earlier.
I was initially taken aback on the reports of JKR “outing” Dumbledore last night while answering questions from fans and readers on her American Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book tour. I mean, it’s been ten years, lady, and now you tell us Dumbledore is into buttsex? LOL
I can understand why she kept it quiet, though. Americans—who made her rich and famous—are so homophobic in general (more so than a LOT of other advanced cultures) that witchcraft would have been nothing compared to a school headmaster liking men. Not only that but, for some reason, in American literature you can’t just be plain old gay, you also have to like little kids. It goes hand in hand like love and marriage so you can see how that would have fared for poor Dumbledore.
I am sure, without a doubt, 100% positive, that most people will not see Dumbledore the same way anymore. He will go from being a wonderful character, a good and kind man, a magnificent friend, a smart teacher and a funky dresser to being gay; he will now be, to most, Homosexual Dumbledore. I think it was wise of her to keep it quiet until now.
[...] with over 2,000 fans in attendance J.K. answered 16 fan questions in which she revealed the above story as well as Neville’s and Hagrid’s martial status and the job occupations of Harry’s parents.
- In answering a question about Neville and finding love, Jo said that he married the landlady from the Leaky Cauldron which happened to be Hannah Abbott, and that living above the Leaky Cauldron would have impressed his students at Hogwarts.
- When asked why she chose Molly to kill Bellatrix she replied that she wanted to 1) show that Molly was an extremely talented witch even though she spent most of her time in the kitchen, and 2) she wanted to compare the obsession Bellatrix had with Voldemort with Molly’s maternal love for her children.
- The next question referred to what would have occurred if Arthur had died in Order of the Phoenix. Jo said that it would have changed books 5, 6 and 7 and that Ron’s character would have lost his sense of humor and taken away Harry’s refuge at the Weasley home.
- What was the careers after graduation of James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin? Jo said Lupin was unemployable and impoverished because of his condition and that James, Lily and Sirius were employed full-time in the Order of the Phoenix (James was rich and that’s how they lived).
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